2. Clothing: If your children are anything like me when I was younger I wanted to go to school with the latest trends! However, my mother quickly reminded me that “we go to school to learn not to model!” So why shouldn’t we let “trends” break out bank? Because we need clothes but not name brand. Thrift stores, outlet malls and garage sales are a great way to provide clothing without spending a lot of money. If you have growing children this is a great way to meet their needs. Instill in them at an early age the importance of prioritizing needs over wants. There are some very nice (even name brand) clothes at thrift stores, outlet malls and garage sales. Clothing includes shoes and accessories (purses, jewelry).
3. Health: Is your school requiring you to do a physical/check-up before the school year starts? We all know that healthcare can be very costly, especially if you don’t have insurance. If you are in the North Houston area, we have recently discovered The Express Family Clinic where you can get medical care for your or your child for only $50! That is right! $50 flat with absolutely no insurance coverage! There are instances where you pay extra. According to Local 2 news, “it’s an extra $35 if you bring your child in with a broken arm. If you need stitches or staples to close a wound, you'll pay an additional $25.” Immunizations and vaccinations range from $15-$30. Without a doubt this is a great way to save and cut cost for your child this school year.
4. Dental/Grooming: Has your child had too much fun and sugar over the summer break? Remember that prevention is always best and cost a lot less. Children ages 15 and lower are more prone to get cavities, don't wait for another year/month to go by to get treatment. There are a couple of dental schools that will provide dental services at a very low cost or sometimes even free. We encourage you to make calls to the dental schools/programs in your area and inquire about their services.
Is it time for your child to get their haircut before the school year? We also suggest to contact beauty schools in your area that will “practice” and provide these services for a very minimal cost or free also. Look into the community colleges, trade schools, barber and beauty schools.
As always friends, remember to Be Wise, Shop Smart! We only have 4 more months until 2016 ends. Let’s keep the savings up and expenses low...we are excited to hear your stories about your journey in reaching your financial goals.
Natalie & Roz